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Following are links to sites about sensible, healthy, non-polluting, pedal powered transport – ideas for creating cycling and pedestrian friendly towns and cities, and a little help on choosing a bike.
- Cyclists save nation – Age article on recent research results
- Excellent, comprehensive Wikipedia article: Utility Cycling – proven methods for developing a deep, fertile cycling culture.
Comfort, hybrid, city, or utility bicycles
If you are going to choose to jump on your bike, rather than take the car, then it helps to have a bike that is comfortable, easy to ride, and that can carry some luggage. You may not want one of the ubiquitous mountain or road bikes – there are alternatives.
1. Frames: step-through frames are suitable for ladies and gentlemen; diamond frames are suitable for the younger and more agile.
2. Bicycle categories: mountain bike – for riding up and down rocky or muddy tracks; road bike – for fast riding on relatively smooth surfaces; commuter bike – for riding around town, with occasional jaunts on unsealed country roads, in any weather, day or night. Then there are Comfort Mountain Bikes, Comfort Hybrids …
Following is a selection of bicycles worth considering. Please consult your local bike shop about your particular needs.
- Cykla – Skeppshult – manufactured using wind power
- Gazelle Bicycles
- Giant Cypress City | Sedona comfort mountain
- MamaBike – ideal for Mama or Dada and Bubba
Commuter bicycle considerations: say you buy a bike for $1000 – it will probably last you 20 years – maybe a $25 service each year (or DIY) – that’s an annual transport cost of $75.
How do I carry bigger loads and children?
Commuter cycling around the world
Cycling is a major form of transport in many cities around the world, with very active support from government. Click on images to link to articles or video.
Cycling Friendly Cities
Cool Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, Part 1 of 5